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President's Corner  

In Memory of Honorary Past National Philoptochos Board President- Evanthea Condakes

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the falling asleep in the Lord of Honorary Past National Philoptochos Board President Evanthea Condakes. Mrs. Condakes passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on September 12, 2014.

On behalf of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, deepest sympathy is extended to her family and loved ones.

Mrs. Condakes served with distinction as the ninth National Philoptochos President from 1998 to 2002 under His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. Mrs. Condakes’ tenure was marked as a splendid period rich in service, ministry and outreach. Among her many notable offerings were the establishment of the Voice of Philoptochos page in the Orthodox Observer, her vital Board membership at Saint Basil Academy and her strong support of the IOCC mission. Mrs. Condakes brought her business acumen to the presidency and she was successful in increasing significantly the membership of the Society in unique and novel ways.

In a 2012 interview, Mrs. Condakes remarked, “Continue to show the great devotion the founders of Philoptochos showed because Philoptochos is an organization to be proud of.” The Society was equally proud of Mrs. Condakes when in the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, at the spring 2013 National Board meeting in the Holy Metropolis of Boston, Mrs. Condakes addressed the Board and guests with enthusiasm and inspiration.

The loving spirit and passion for excellence displayed by this special lady throughout her entire lifetime is the legacy she will pass on to the future generations of Philoptochos Stewards. Together with her late husband, Mr. Leo Condakes, she served the Church with dignity and honor.

Saint Paul exhorts: We should not grieve as others do who have no hope. This is true as we feel sadness while remembering the blessing and joy of love and the hope of the Resurrection. May the memory of our beloved Eve be eternal.

September 11, 2014: A Day for Remembrance

Today, thirteen years after the egregious terrorist acts on American soil, we remember the thousands who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. We are also reminded of the fragility of our God-given freedoms and liberties.

We offer tribute to the firefighters, first responders and rescue workers who are heroes for their selfless bravery in the aftermath of the destruction. On that dark day we lost the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church which was the only house of worship destroyed in the attack. St. Nicholas Church will be resurrected as a National Shrine, bearing witness to the victory of Christ over evil, death and destruction that will unite those who believe in the power of love, hope and faith.

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society remembers and prays for those who lost their lives, sacrificed for the safety of others, tended to those in distress and those who lost their precious loved ones.

May their memories be eternal.

Human Trafficking- Convention Presentation

Guest speaker: Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO, GEMS

Over the past several years, our National Philoptochos has been concerned with the tragic and widespread problem of Human Trafficking throughout the world, most specifically within the United States.  Human Trafficking is such a deeply pressing issue that the President of the United States has established an Advisory Council on Human Trafficking to which His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has been appointed as a member.

Given this concern, the New Philanthropic Initiatives Committee has been researching and working diligently in order to educate all of our chapters and members regarding this very serious issue and to provide recommendations as to what assistance we can provide to have a positive impact in the lives of these victims.

As a result of this effort, Kathy Siavelis and Peggy Vranas, New Philanthropic Initiatives Committee Co-Chairs, were honored to introduce at the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention, Rachel Lloyd, a nationally recognized leader in the fight against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and the founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS).

Click here to read more on the Human Trafficking presentation.  

To understand and increase awareness on this issue and to get involved in the fight to end human trafficking, chapters and members can refer to the following attachment of handouts distributed at the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention:  Click here for attachment of handouts.

Take action with your fellow Philoptochos sisters today!

The Brave Ones- Convention Presentations

National Philoptochos Honors the Military and Veterans

The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones.  His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country.  The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that  was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.

National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr. Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing.  Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him.  Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world. 

The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”.

Click here to read The Braves Ones Past and Present Tribute.


Click on the video to view.